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Brio recalls 1,500 soft hammer rattles

Wooden rings can crack, posing a choking hazard

Brio rattleBrio has recalled 1,500 soft hammer rattles in the U.S. and another 190 in Canada.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of 1,500 Brio soft hammer rattles. An additional 190 rattles were sold in Canada.

Brio has recalled the items due to the possibility of the wooden rings on the hammer rattle cracking, which can cause a choking hazard to children. The company has received seven reports of the wooden rings cracking. However, no injuries have been reported.

Made in China and distributed by Ravensburger North America of Newton, N.H., the items were sold at Home Goods, Kidding Around, Nordstrom and other specialty and large retailer stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from March 2015 through June 2017 for about $13.

The rattle in question has a wooden handle with a white plastic teething ring on one end and a yellow, white and green hammer head at the other end. Brio is stamped on the hammer head and the rattle itself is about 5 inches long.

Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the recalled baby rattles and contact Brio for instructions on how to receive a full refund or a replacement product of similar value. Consumers can contact Brio through Ravensburger at 800-886-1236 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.brio.us. and click on the recalls link at the bottom of the page.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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